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State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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Fish Advisories NY/NJ Harbor




In the early 1980s, research conducted by NJDEP showed elevated levels of Dioxins and PCBs in fish tissue samples taken from many areas in coastal New Jersey.

Newark Bay Complex

  • Highly industrialized urban area
  • Covers 5 counties and more than 20 municipalities
  • Part of the Port of New York/New Jersey – the third largest port in the country
    Heavily used by urban anglers
  • Closed to commercial fishing for many years
Sediments contaminated with dioxins and PCBs from historical industrial pollution

FDA categorizes PCBs & Dioxins as probable carcinogens

Health Outcomes
  • Reproductive disturbances
  • Development problems
  • Increased chance of developing cancer over a lifetime




Newark Bay Complex Advisories (General Population)

A Guide to Health Advisories for Eating Fish and Crabs Caught in New Jersey Waters - 2006
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Passaic River (tidal) – do not eat any fish or shellfish.

(High Risk Population)
Striped Bass, American Eel, Blue Crab, White Perch, Bluefish (larger than 6 lbs.) & White Catfish – DO NOT EAT.

For more information of Fish Advisories, click here to go to the DEP Fish Advisories Home page

PCBs & Dioxins
  • Colorless
  • Odorless
  • Do not effect taste or appearance of fish
  • Bind to fatty tissue & sediments
Office of Science
Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Manager
428 East State Street
P.O. Box 409
Trenton, NJ 08625

Phone: (609) 984-6070
Fax: (609) 777-2852


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Last Updated: December 4, 2009